Though he's practicing, practicing, practicing for his moment in the spotlight again, Wein said the honor comes with mixed feelings.
"I'm very humble about it but at the same time I honestly feel like I deserve it," said Wein. "It's humility mixed with respect for your own career. Sometimes you don't realize what you've done and when other people acknowledge it, it gives it a different feeling."
Wein made history throughout his career, but he said when he was doing it, that's not how it seemed.
"In the years we were pioneering, I never thought we were making history because we were just so busy being alive with business and keep going," said Wein. "Now it's a warm feeling."
If he didn't consider himself a prominent part of Saratoga before, once Wein's star is unveiled on the Walk of Fame, his role in the local music scene will be undeniable.
"I have such a respect for what happens up at Saratoga. To be enshrined there on a permanent basis is really a great honor, it really moves me," said Wein. "It has a significance, even this late in my life, and I'm very proud of it."
The Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival is Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26. A full line-up of performers is available online at www.spac.org/jazzfest.